Manila Flights Cancelled and Adjusted

Due to an upcoming radar maintenance in Tagaytay city.Advisories from airlines with flights going to and from Manila are slowly coming in. Although not all flights are cancelled some are have been readjusted as work around.

Here are the announcements per Airline Company

Air Asia

 

Philippine Airlines 

  

Cebu Pacific Air

CEB Advisory – Cancelled Flights due to Tagaytay Radar Maintenance as of February 20, 2017; 11:30AM (Philippine time; GMT +8)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) enforcing a temporary shutdown of the air traffic radar in Tagaytay for its maintenance and upgrade. The temporary closure, scheduled from March 6, 6AM to March 11, 6AM, will result in a reduction of flights in conjunction with other carriers.

In line with this, the following Cebu Pacific and Cebgo flights have been cancelled on these dates:

March 6, 2017 (Monday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 885/886 Manila – Cotabato – Manila
5J 953/954 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 997/998 Manila – Gensan – Manila
5J 457/458 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 325/326 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J 857/858 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 7, 2017 (Tuesday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 379/380 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 399/400 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 567/568 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 572/571 Cebu – Manila – Cebu
5J 891/892 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 327/328 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 617/618 Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila
5J 506/507 Manila – Tuguegarao – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 8, 2017 (Wednesday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 485/486 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 555/578 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 565/566 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 977/978 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 995/996 Manila – Gensan – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6111/6112 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 9, 2017 (Thursday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 481/482 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 397/398 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 565/566 Manila – Cebu – Manila
5J 647/648 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 617/618 Manila – Tagbilaran – Manila
5J 506/507 Manila – Tuguegarao – Manila
5J 853/854 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6193/6194 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6113/6114 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

March 10, 2017 (Friday)

Cebu Pacific Flights
5J 483/484 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 487/488 Manila – Bacolod – Manila
5J 383/384 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 391/392 Manila – Cagayan de Oro – Manila
5J 969/972 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 977/978 Manila – Davao – Manila
5J 627/628 Manila – Dumaguete – Manila
5J 445/446 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 457/458 Manila – Iloilo – Manila
5J 339/340 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
5J 635/636 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 639/640 Manila – Puerto Princesa – Manila
5J 649/650 Manila – Tacloban – Manila
5J 855/856 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila
5J 859/860 Manila – Zamboanga – Manila

Cebgo Flights
DG 6245/6246 Manila – Caticlan – Manila
DG 6024/6025 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6026/6027 Manila – Cauayan – Manila
DG 6317/6318 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6323/6324 Manila – Kalibo – Manila
DG 6195/6196 Manila – Legazpi – Manila
DG 6111/6112 Manila – Naga – Manila
DG 6117/6118 Manila – Naga – Manila

Meanwhile, passengers of the cancelled flights may avail any of the following options without penalties:

• Rebook their flights for travel within 30 days from original departure date; or
• Opt for full refund or travel fund.

For complete details, please check CEB’s official advisory http://bit.ly/2lB5dBe

 

Please note that changes may still occur so please do stay in touch with your airline carrier for updated details.

 

Tokyo Metro: Making Tokyo A Smaller Place; Easier

If you are traveling on a budget, the best way probably to navigate a city is through the train. However, the Tokyo Subway system has been known to be one confusing and difficult tangling rail lines. This might be Over the past couple of years, the Tokyo Metro has been working hard to improve their service for the benefit of tourists.

The Tokyo Metro team is here in Manila for the biggest travel event in the country, the 2017 Travel Tour Expo in SMX Convention Center to give us some exciting development about the Tokyo Metro subway system.

The Ticket

Getting from point A to point B through the Tokyo Subway, of course requires you a ticket. It can be a hassle though if you will have to buy, line up and figure out what ticket you should buy each time you enter the subway. Don’t get me wrong though, the Tokyo Metro has never been easier to

navigate as they put more English sign as part of their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics come 2020. However, lining up each time you enter the subway takes away your precious time that you could be using to getting to your destination.

Well, here’s some good news. The Tokyo Metro came up with a ticket specially designed for travelers. This ticket is exclusively made and available for tourist! These tickets will allow you to unlimited access to the Tokyo Metro from  24 up to 72 hours for a cost of a bowl of ramen!

Using these tickets will not only enable you to save time but also save money since you can use the subway over and over! So if you missed your stop, no worries!

Tokyo Metro Ticket

The Subway App and Connectivity.

Honestly, I think that the Tokyo Subway can be a bit  intimidating, with all of these transfers and lines that you have to remember. At this day and age of convenience, without even mentioning the ingenuity of the Japanese, one should not be daunted with the idea of taking the Tokyo Subway. See, aside from adding English signage around the network, the Tokyo Metro also came up with an app that you can take with you -yes it does work offline- that will help you navigate the entire Tokyo Metro subway network. All you have to do is enter what station you are coming from and the station that you want to go to and voila! The app gives you directions on how you can get there, including transfer stations!

Being connected while traveling is important. Most travelers just buy local sim cards as soon as they arrive in their destination and yes that does solve the problem. But if you are under in a subway, mobile signal can get a little iffy. Well that is not a problem with the Tokyo Metro, as most of their stations are equipped with free WiFi service. They are even working on putting WiFi on their trains! Awesome right?

Free WiFi Service Tokyo Metro

Welcome Boards

As part of their efforts to make the subways more tourist friendly, Tokyo Metro has put up welcome boards in English. These boards provide information about the stations that you are at, like what is there to do on near by spots and other useful information that will help you navigate the city. And yes it is in English

welcome-board

Aside from these boards, you will also find Toursit Information Booths in most stations staffed with English speaking officers that are more than happy to help you get around. I really appreciate this move by the Tokyo Metro, remember those times that you already have found the answers to your inquiry through the web but just needs reassurance from a human being? Hahaha.. well that’s where I am coming from.

Tokyo has well over 100 stations all over the metropolis  the Tokyo Metro subway system will take you virtually anywhere in the city. So why don’t you go ahead and plan your trip around the Tokyo Metro subway system, save time and have lots of fun!

Ultimate PTAA Travel Expo 2017 Guide

Okay, Calm down… yes it is just about three days away. The BIGGEST TRAVEL event in the country!!!! And no I am not exaggerating with all of those exclamation points, IT IS the biggest!

So we’ve come up with some minor stalking on the internet to give you information on how you can navigate and snag that promo fare or package for you to enjoy.

Intel #1 Business Hours and Entrance Fee

Be at the venue early like waaaay not 10AM. If you come on time, you are already late! And you will be at the end a long line of people wanting to get the best travel deals that there is for the year.

Travel Expo

 

Intel #2 Floor Plan

Know where your target is, like for me I want to get those sweet deals from PAL so

Travel Expo Travel Expo

 

Intel #3 Participants

Here are the participating companies this year!

Travel Expo Travel Expo Travel Expo Travel Expo

 

 

Note: the author is not associated with PTAA and does not own any of the graphics posted. All graphics rights belong to PTAA.

 

PisoFare: CebuPacific Travel From June 10 -December 10, 2017

After a loooooooooooooong while, Cebu Pacific Air is back with their piso fare!

Cebu Pacific or CebPac as it is more popularly know came to popularize pisofares which sparked the domestic travel surge in the country. However CebPac has yet to pull another pisofare promo since last year until today!

So what are you waiting for head on to www.cebupacificair.com to book your flight!

 

PISO SALE

Food: Inabraw Cook off In Isabela’s Bambantin Festival

Inabraw also known as Dinengdeng is a dish with Ilocano heritage and has been in the Isabeleños tables for generations. This year for the second time in a row, the Bambantin festival featured the dish through a cook off. Lead by the province’s first lady, seven contingents from different municipalities around the province cooked their way to the finals.

best inabraw in isabela

Inabraw is a fish dish with a medley of vegetables that are native to the northern part of the Luzon cooked in stew. The great thing about this competition is that participants are challenged to become creative with the form and presentation of the dish giving the food a new perspective and possibilities of maybe going global.

It was a tough time pressured competition but everyone was able to deliver. So without further delay here are the winners of the Inabraw cooking competition – the best Inabraw in Isabela.

best inabraw in isabela

Inabraw Cooking Competition Winners

3rd Place – Cauayan City
2nd Place – Cabatuan
1st Place – San Mateo

Grand Winner Tumauini !

Inabraw Cook off winner

 

 

Friday Seat Sale!

Jetstar is running a seat sale right at this very moment!

Get the best price as early as now! here are some of the good finds we found!

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These are all in fares!

so head on to www.jetstar.com get your flights then book your accomodation here

 

I’M Hotel Redefining Luxury

I’M Hotel is the latest property in the bustling city of makati pioneering many firsts in area -the first 5 star hotel along Makati Avene and the first Onsen Spa in the Philippines that also is considered as the largest urban spa property in the country as it opens.

Located just 800 meters away from the central business district it is exceptionally close to malls and entertainment centers of choice.

As it launches its soft opening in November 2016,  I’M Hotel will be redefining the concept of luxury, by providing relevant and up to date features for the modern citizen. Every customer interaction is carefully tailored to customize their experience to be memorable every time.

The Largest Urban Spa in Manila with an Onsen Concept

Sprawling within an expansive 3800 sqm with over 6 storeys, I’M Onsen Spa is the largest state-of-the-art spa facility in the Philippines housing 69 beds while featuring a unique carbonated bath with technology imported from Japan.

  • relaxation lounges
  • Buffet restaurant featuring the most exquisite seasonal ingredients handpicked by renowned Chef King Fonacier.
  • Private and Communal rooms
  • Ensuited hot tubs.

Architecture, Room Design and Commissioned Art

Designed by renowned Singapore-based interior designer Suying Metropolitan Studio, the property is a picture of sophistication and elegance. Artwork has been supplied by the resident artist – Ms Bai Tian Yuan, a trained in Fine Arts and Interior Designer  is a recipient of the highly prestigious UOB Painting of the Year Award has exclusively created pices to suit the theme of the hotel.

Glass-Bottomed Infinity Pool

The 50m infinity pool is both suitable for laps and lounging, and is an iconic element of the property. The pool can be seen upon entering the lobby as one looks up because it is glass-bottomed, instantly creating a connection between guests who are swimming and guests who are just about to enter the complex. Lounging Beds are positioned at an elevated platform above the pool serving as a fantastic vantage point for sunbathing and people-watching.

Thoughtful and Modern Dining Options

I’M Hotel has an array of dining options to cater to every taste, utilizing fresh local produce and organic herbs grown on the poolside garden. Empress Jade features modern Chinese cuisine and a contemporary take on traditional dimsum. Bloom restaurant serves up international fare with dishes that will satisfy the most discerning of taste buds. On the 40th floor rooftop, Antidote bar features bespoke cocktails and tapas. The highlight of the bar is a luminescent jellyfish tank, where diners can enjoy the ambient glow of these elegant creatures in the backdrop of the stunning cityscape.

I’M Hotel Club Lounge

The club lounge is a privilege reserved for a select few. Guests who book direct on the website or book the suite rooms will be accorded immediate access to the Club Lounge. Fashioned as a gentleman’s library, the Club lounge is an enchanting and inspiring space to conduct meetings, or simply indulge in a round of complimentary tapas and beverages.

 

 Exclusively I’M Hotel Customized Amenities

  • Bathtub Menu: Guests who book premium rooms have access to a dedicated bathtub atelier who will prepare a bath with scents of your choice, accompanied with a variety of light bites and beverages.
  • Free Shuttle Service: I’M Hotel offers all staying guests a free shuttle service to important landmarks within the Makati city centre, making its exceptional location even more convenient.
  • Complimentary Refreshments: To make all stays at I’M Hotel unforgettable, all guests will be treated to a welcome drink, cookies, turndown chocolates, and complimentary mini bar at varying points of their stay.
  • Free Breakfast when Booking Direct: Guests who book direct on the website will get to enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast for 2 throughout their stay, immaculately prepared by Chef King Fonacier.
  • Designer Bathroom Amenities: I’M Hotel is proud to use CrabTree & Evelyn bath amenities in all rooms and suites

I’M Hotel is located at  Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
Mobile: (+63) 9980789877
Website: www.imhotel.com

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